Michelle Coombs, PhD

Change Leadership, Thought Leader, Research

Michelle, an energetic, innovative, and results-oriented leader, is a catalyst for organizational development and change, enabling organizations to most effectively address pressing and complex challenges and provide excellent client service. She specializes in change leadership, strategic planning and implementation, research, and learning and development. Michelle is a recognized thought leader who provides exceptional support for boards of directors and organization leaders.

Reach Michelle at [email protected]

Client Services

  • Strategic Planning
  • Change Management
  • Governance Support
  • Interim Executive Leadership
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Organizational Turnaround

Selected Achievements

  • Increased diversity at a community health agency from almost nil to 51% to provide more effective support for diverse clients.
  • Led the turnaround of a community services agency resulting in 70% increase in operating budget and a sustainable organizational infrastructure.
  • Increased participant attendance by 60% at a housing association conference education day increasing event revenue and supporting best practices in the sector.


  • 2021 – Certificate in Inclusive Leadership, TRIEC

  • 2018 April – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, PhD, Leadership, Higher and Adult Education, Workplace Learning and Social Change

  • 2015 – OISE CPL Adult Learning and Development Continuing and Professional Learning Certificate

  • 2009 – Harvard Business School Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management